Over the next week or two, I’m going to provide some insight into my process in a series of time lapsed photos of a suite of drawings I made this summer at the McColl Center for their America Now exhibition. 

I’m tumbling this stuff for two reason, first, some of you (my tens of followers) might be interested, and also, to help an enterprising group of helpers at Second State Press prep and brain storm for a print project we’ll be working on very soon. 

We’ll start with this shot of the paper after laying down some ‘chance’ washes that create the ground.


A work that is currently in progress by the Artists Patricia Gomez and Maria Jesus Gonzalez.  They’ve approached printmaking on a whole new scale and methodology than previously considered.  Their base is the Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, where these Artists print the interiors - all the marks, colors, graffiti, bumps, cracks, etc.

Here is the link to their project’s website.  I highly encourage you to watch the Vimeo video of them printing a room with a door.  It’s remarkable how precise these prints are, and how they go beyond taking a picture of a place - they seem to capture something about the place, some sort of texture and feeling, that is lost within a photograph.

Over the summer I partnered with Amanda D’Amico at The Borowsky Center for Publication Arts to create an 8 color offset lithograph as part of the 2011 Philagrafika Invitational Portfolio. The edition of 20 is for sale now.

There will also be a Portfolio Release Party at Second State Press on November 16, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Second State Press is located at 1400 N. American Street in Philadelphia, PA

And once they were installed in the exhibition (magnets, no frames), I got carried away and kept on drawing and painting on the walls. I’ll post some more images of the finished work soon.


More Art Monday: Easter

Hippity-hop, Easter’s on its way! What do you have planned for this spring holiday?

The Return of the Flock, Laren,” c. 1886-87¸ Anton Mauve, Dutch

Easter Egg Box,” 1800-1850, Artist/maker unknown, American, Pennsylvania German

Woman’s Hat and Hat Pin,” c. 1960, Sold by Nan Duskin, Philadelphia, 1926 – 1994, Possibly made in United States, North and Central America

Rabbit with Nodding Head,” 19th century, Artist/maker unknown, American

Bunny Multiplication, From the Philadelphia Invitational Portfolio 2001” 2001, Virgil Marti, American, Printed by Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints, Philadelphia. Published by Philagrafika.

Decorated Egg,” 1900-1950, Artist/maker unknown, American, Pennsylvania German


After laying down a wash, I began building the drawings spatially working from the skyline forward, working first loosely with colored pencil, then with a pencil and ruler, then with gouache. The actual skyline is an invented mash-up from several sources.